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post #1 of 15 Old 01-12-2020, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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"New" Hoof Boot on the Block

This is the Flex hoof boot, made in Finland. I never know what the rules are for posting links to products, but it's worth searching and having a look.
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These look interesting. Have you used them? Seems like they could rub.
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These look interesting. Have you used them? Seems like they could rub.

I have a pair on order. The US rep is an endurance rider, has hundreds of miles on the boots without rubs or twists, or boots coming off. You really have to look at these boots to see all their features. For instance there are two positions for the heel straps, one high, one low. They look to me - though I don't know for sure - that they would be more forgiving of heel conformation which is a big issue for me, since my mare doesn't have "perfect" heels, the main reason I haven't tried Scoots (which I know can rub, twist and come off). They are made of a more elastic material than the usual hoof boots. Anyway, I'll know soon. I've been waiting for months to make a decision on boots, something lighter than my mare's clodhopper Cavallos. Then these came along. I'm not usually the first one to jump on the "new innovation" bandwagon, but the thinking on these boots is so different from other offerings, I thought I'd give them a try.
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I hope you report back once you use them. I keep thinking about buying boots for trail riding, although the farrier says only Moonshine needs them, since Pony has super thick soles (and Teddy isn't going on any trail rides any time soon LOL). I am currently paralyzed by indecision because of all the different kinds out there.
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I'm not sure, they are a bit like the original EasyBoots, but with padding an a plastic strap.

Looks like it could be painful for the horse. The straps I mean.

I had a horse in the Easyboot trail with a pad inside for rehab purposes. They stayed on well between trims, and he moved sound in them.


I only rode him once in them, and I guess I am just not a boot person.

Love them in theory, but have seen so many boots come off of so many horses out on the trails...I just stick to barefoot or shoes when I need them.
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Hmm. Looks interesting. My only thoughts are: is there enough break-over? And is that just foam padding the gaiter? Because if it is, that doesn't look durable.

I've never seen them or even heard of them before though, so I don't know if these thoughts are actual concerns.

I am on the lookout for decent hoof boots too. I've been using Easyboot Epics for YEARS and they are okay, but every time I try something new (which isn't very often because hoof boots are so expensive) I end up returning them. Cavallos, Old Macs, were too bulky. I tried the Easyboot Glove fit kit one time but decided to stick with Epics because I was afraid the fit would have to too precise and I didn't want to trim all the time because sometimes I just ride barefoot.

So yeah, I would love to find a hoof boot without cables but am afraid to spend money on a boot and not have it work out. The Epics actually work pretty well but before they wear out, I usually end up replacing cables at least once and having to patch the gaiters. I don't call them "wore-out" until they actually have a hole in the toe!
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Love them in theory, but have seen so many boots come off of so many horses out on the trails...I just stick to barefoot or shoes when I need them.

I think I've only had 2-3 come off in all the years I've used boots. And only one was lost never to be found. That's probably a better record than when I was using horseshoes! I did find an Old Mac out in the woods once!


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I think I've only had 2-3 come off in all the years I've used boots. And only one was lost never to be found. That's probably a better record than when I was using horseshoes! I did find an Old Mac out in the woods once!
Well, we have clay for soil and when the creeks are high it will pull off most anything.

My RMHA went barefoot for years, even on rocky trails, but his soles are thin during the winter now (the excessive rain) so I pad and shoe him in front.
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I am going to guess that I am probably the senior boot user here. I have been using hoof boots almost nonstop since 1979, when the REAL original EasyBoots were pretty new on the market, have used several and watch new introductions with great interest. So when this boot caught my eye, it looked like a really fresh, new concept. For many of my boot-using years, the EasyBoot was the only show in town. Easycare has grossly cheapened their products over the years, and I feel that they keep trying to reinvent the wheel by slapping new uppers on the same old sole, never innovating a boot for hind hooves or trialing new materials. I've had a pair of Chinese made EasyBoots sit on a shelf for a year and had the sidewalls become brittle and cracked. Gaiters are constantly ripping, or being redesigned. (I have a horse that can pop right out of a pair of Epics without even opening the gaiters up!) The new Fury Slings and Hearts are not receiving very good reviews, the Glove is purported to be best when heat fitted and requires a perfect fit. The gaiters on most EasyCare boots rip prematurely and the cables of EasyBoots and Renegades are notorious for breaking. The ones on Epics are too hard for my old hands to open now. (On Easyboots, the stock cables can be replaced with stainless steel from Home Depot and installed with ferrules for wire rope - just buy some and cut to length.)


Velcro is the nemesis of Cavallo boot users. Cavallos, Old Macs and Back Country's are extremely bulky and heavy. The Back Country is a gutted and plasticized version of the Old Macs with very flimsy gaiter material at the back. I had a horse practically destroy the protruding fasteners in one drive. Scoots require an extremely good fit, Renegades have the usual Velcro and cable breakage problems. Evos seem to have a lot of breakable parts.


There probably isn't a boot that will stay on under all circumstances, that will never twist or rub. I admit, I've been sore tempted to try composite shoes. There are certainly as many drawbacks that can be mounted for steel shoes as boots, if one cared to wade into that debate!


I put my money out for the Flex boots with a lot of trepidation, but I am seriously after a lightweight boot, that isn't going to bog down my mare's way of going, as she seems sensitive to that sort of thing. These boots look to me as if they'll be more forgiving of her less-than-perfect heels and the small amount of feedback I've found on them has been positive. I actually don't think they'll rub. The gaiters are neoprene, which is what I use in Cavallos to prevent rubbing. I like that they're not made in China!


I use boots because originally I felt, and still do, that they are a superior choice for DRIVING horses working on pavement, which is what I did for 40 years, and never had a lameness. I no longer drive, but I now have other reasons to continue using them.



If they don't work, I can pass them on and fall back on my current boots of choice, which have performed unfailingly, but I judge are too heavy. But if they do work, won't I be grinning like the Cheshire cat!
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I hope you report back once you use them. I keep thinking about buying boots for trail riding, although the farrier says only Moonshine needs them, since Pony has super thick soles (and Teddy isn't going on any trail rides any time soon LOL). I am currently paralyzed by indecision because of all the different kinds out there.
I have been in the same arrested decision making for months! It will be quite some time before I can offer any sort of evaluation, and even at that only as a casual rider. I can assure you, I hope I haven't made a bad choice!
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